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Get Lit Salon Series

Spirited conversation. Literary culture.

Inspired by 18th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Salons are hosted by local writers, professors, or other members of the community, who speak for three to five minutes on a topic of their choice before opening up the conversation to the room. Guests must be 21 or older. Everyone is welcome. All salons are free. 

To learn more about Get Lit, you can view upcoming salons below or learn more about Get Lit. You can also meet this month's host or view past salons

Have something you'd like talk about? Know someone who does? Nominate yourself or someone else to host today!

This Month's Salon

Get Lit: It's Alive. It's Alive! with Emily Zarka
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19.

This Month: It's Alive. It's Alive! with Emily Zarka

What draws us to horror as a genre? Why do we like being scared? How do we produce ‘good’ horror? What function do monsters serve? And why do we seem to be fascinated by them? 


This Month's Host

Photograph of Emily Zarka

Emily Zarka holds a Ph. D. in British Romantic Literature with an emphasis on the Gothic. Her research explores the roles of desire and knowledge dissemination in portrayals of undead characters produced during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Zarka has taught literature, film and media, and writing classes at Arizona State University. She writes and hosts a show called Monstrum for PBS Digital Studios. 

For more information about her work, check out her feature in ASU Now